Lugano: the deliciously Italian flavoured slice of Switzerland

Most travellers are familiar with Switzerland’s German and French speaking capitals, but there is a third, equally intriguing language region that combines traditional Swiss elegance with an unmistakably Mediterranean flair.

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Puglia: the heel of Italy and region of untold secrets

Puglia, or Apulia, is on the heel of Italy’s boot. Relatively ignored by foreign tourists, the region is full of southern ebullience, tradition and hidden gems.

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Glorious Florence: the elegant first lady of Italy

Italy is a jam-packed country full of culture, scenery and gastronomy. If you only have a few days though, Florence offers the country’s best flavours all in one stunning location.

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Dreams fulfilled in Florence

On a long weekend in Florence to get away from his kids and celebrate his wife`s 40th birthday, CHARLIE INGLEFIELD found a city aglow in its glorious past.

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Former Australian PM John Howard warns UK to secure their borders

John Howard tells David Cameron to secure UK borders against an influx of migrants.

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World’s 10 richest countries: Australians are wealthiest by far

Which countries have the world’s wealthiest regular citizens? The UK comes a respectable 4th, while a certain sunburnt country sits at #1… by quite a long way.

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Expats: missing Australia? Top 5 European destinations for the away from home feel

5 awesome European travel hot spots boasting something a little familiar for Aussies.

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Aussies safe after Greece ferry fire rescue

A pair of Australians are among the 427 passengers saved from the ferry which caught fire while sailing the Adriatic Sea.

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Laglio on Lake Como: bella Italia

Tranquility, luxury and a spot of Hollywood celebrity on Italy’s Lake Como

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Trulli treasures in Puglia, Italy

Puglia in southern Italy is well known to sun and sand seeking Aussies. However, as BIANCA SOLDANI discovers, it is also home to a hidden whitewashed world of trullo houses in the historic village of Alberobello.

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Five Italian must-dos

Ahhh, bella Italia. The sun, the sky, the socialising. The pizza, and pasta and piazzas. Culture and history, or swimming and eating? The rolling hills of Tuscany or the coordinated chaos of Rome? With so much on offer, how can anyone decide. MELINDA EDWARDS helps us road-test the options and comes up with five quintessential Italian experiences.

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Aussies fall short of Olympic top five

Australian Olympic chef de mission Nick Green has defended our London 2012 Olympic performance and has denied suggestions a new culture is needed for Aussie sport.

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Medieval horseracing, Siena style

When people think of taking a trip to Italy, and its must see destinations, places that inevitably roll off the tongue are Rome, Florence,Venice, and Pisa.

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Rome, stones and gladiators: the colossal Italian capital

So much history, so much romance. I am alone in the original capital of the Roman Empire, to experience for myself the ‘City of Fountains’, where lovers whisper and doves cry.

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This week’s top Travel Deals

TRAVEL DEALS | Share an espresso with the locals in Italy, see the lights in Paris and the Great Migration across the African plains all in this week’s top travel deals!

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